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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Gray ME
0650 AM EDT Wed Jun 21 2017

The National Weather Service has declared the week of June
19th through 23rd, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK in Maine
and New Hampshire.  This is the third in a series of five
public information statements to be issued by the National
Weather Service Office in Gray, Maine containing
information on lightning and lightning safety.


Whether you`re out kicking a ball around with a friend, or at a
major sports event, you should be prepared to get to a safe
place in case a thunderstorm threatens.  Since 2006, sports
activities (golf, soccer, running, baseball, football)
contributed to 31 lightning deaths in the United States.  In
many cases, those involved in the activities failed to realize
the developing danger.

For anyone outside, whether you`re involved in sports or some
other activity, keep an eye on the sky and head to safety at the
first sign of a developing or approaching storm.  If you hear
thunder, you`re already in danger and should head inside a
substantial building or hard-topped vehicle immediately.

Officials in charge of organized sports should have a lightning
safety plan, and those involved in the sport (and their parents)
should understand the plan and know what to do.  The plan should
include where the participants and spectators go for safety,
when the event should be stopped, when the event should be
resumed, and who is in charge of making weather-related safety
decisions. It`s also important to designate a person to monitor
conditions and to keep those in charge informed of weather-
related threats. The plan should also account for the time
required to get everyone to safety.

For stadiums and larger venues, the National Weather Service has
toolkits which provide templates to help design a safety plan.
Those toolkits can be found at:

Whether you`re out for a run, watching your child`s game, or
attending a major sports event, remember that there`s no safe
place outside in a thunderstorm.  When thunder roars, go

Question of the day...Are there more golfers killed by lightning
than by any other activity?

While golfing is very dangerous when a thunderstorm is in the
area, during the past ten years, soccer has contributed to more
sports-related lightning fatalities than golf.  During that
time, golf led to 9 fatalities.  This compares with 12 for
soccer, 5 for running, 3 for baseball, and 1 for football.  In
comparison, fishing led to 33 lightning deaths, more than all
sports combined.

Here`s a list of topics for other days this week.

MONDAY - Lightning and Lightning Safety - an Introduction
TUESDAY - Lightning`s Most Deadly Activities
THURSDAY - Lightning Safety at Work
FRIDAY - Lightning Safety Around the Home

For additional information about lightning or lightning
safety, visit NOAA`s Lightning Safety Awareness web site

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